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Belle Meade Bourbon: A Legacy Revived

It has been more than a century since Prohibition shut down Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee, but luckily for 19th century proprietor Charles Nelson, whiskey as good as his runs in the bloodline. His great-great-great grandsons, Charles (Charlie) and Andy Nelson have revived the once renowned Belle Meade Bourbon, after reestablishing the business in 2009, 100 years after its closing.  Hand-crafted in small, four-barrel batches, Belle Meade is distinguished by its high rye content, clocking in at 90.4 proof, the ideal “sweet spot” for depth of character. Later this year, the Nelson brothers plan to open their generation’s Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery and Tasting Room in Nashville’s colorful Marathon Village complex, bringing their family’s history to life. They invite you to taste the brand that was worth the wait.

 

General Jackson’s Hot Whiskey Cider

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery - Nashville, TN

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces                      Belle Meade Bourbon

6 ounces                      Hot cider mix [See recipe below]

Procedure

Serve in a mug with a cinnamon stick as a garnish.

NOTE: Make a enough servings for a get together by simply doubling or tripling the recipe.

Cider Mix

Ingredients

3 cups                          Apple cider or unfiltered apple juice

2 ounces                      Dark wildflower honey

1 ounce                        Fresh lemon juice

6 whole                       Cloves

1 each                          Cinnamon stick

Procedure

Heat ingredients in a saucepan on medium low heat until piping hot, but do not boil. Then reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for 15 minutes before serving.

NOTE: The longer it sits, the darker and deeper the flavors will get.

 

The Old Natchez Road

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery - Nashville, TN

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces                      Belle Meade Bourbon

2 ounces                      Cardamom Infused Luzianne Iced Tea

1 ounces                      Unfiltered apple juice

.5 ounces                     Fresh lemon juice

.5 ounces                     Honey syrup [Honey thinned 3:1 with warm water]

1 dash                          Peychaud’s Bitters

1 splash                       Ginger beer

Procedure

Combine ingredients in a Collins glass over ice. Top with a splash of ginger beer, stir with a bar spoon or straw, and garnish with an apple slice.

NOTE: The goal is a tea with a note of cardamom, just a little. Too much will overtake the other flavors in the cocktail.

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